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The Houseboy [DVD] 
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Fearlessly raw and surprisingly tender The Houseboy delivers a wildly unconventional holiday tale. Aimless and barely in his twenties, disarmingly cute Ricky is content to play boy toy to a pair of hot thirty-something lovers. That is until he overhears them whisper about "a new toy for Christmas." Crushed and totally alone while his couple vacations, Ricky binges on internet hookups, random tricks, and hardcore drugs. Unable to kill the pain, Ricky contemplates the end. But a chance meeting with Blake, a sweetheart college kid with a thousand watt smile, makes Ricky wonder if there's something to live for after all.
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Left alone for the holidays, depressed at the rejection, Ricky spirals downwards into a string of faceless one-night stands and explorers the use of hard drugs. He tells each trick that he plans to commit suicide on New Years' Eve. They mostly brush him off, interested only in a fleeting sexual encounter. The one man he does meet to whom he feels some genuine emotions is Blake, a college student, and all-round nice-guy. Ricky had been thrown out of home for telling his parents that he was gay; in contrast, Blake has an open, loving family environment - everything that Ricky most desires. But when Ricky presses for sex, Blake runs.
The faceless sexual encounters and drugs increase. New Years Eve is approaching...time for Ricky to put his plan into effect?
'The Houseboy' starts off somewhat bland, and the viewer can be forgiven for thinking that it will be just another low-budget fluff piece, the stereotypical 'gay movie'. In some ways it is - family conflict, lashings of nudity and sex - but Ricky's character develops impressively as the film proceeds, becoming increasingly disturbed as New Years' Eve draws closer. Not an easy role, but Nick May turns in a credible performance as the progressively dazed, scared and obsessive Ricky.Read more ›
Before they leave Ricky overhears them talking about getting a `new toy' for Christmas and he knows they are referring to his position within the home. They leave and he is distraught, so he goes out and hooks up with an astonishing amounts of success with every low life cruiser on the planet and a few more besides. His first guy is into chicks except they lack any felating prowess - like we didn't know. He then lets them come back to his place and get up to all sorts of shenanigans, the sort you normally need to visit a `members club' for. He then announces on a number of occasions that he will commit suicide on Christmas Eve.
Whilst the plot is somewhat limited, it is actually a quiet and warm film, with love and the lack of it as a central theme. Where I felt it fell down was in some average support performances and the comedy fairground music that kept on crashing into the mood of the thing. Whilst nearly all of the guys he picks up are universally self centred and actually horrible, there are some that redeem gayhood and men in general and at 71 minutes this did not drag. This won't float everyone's boat but it is one for those interested in gay cinema.